I did some land cleansing just a bit ago. The neighborhood our bakery's in is being overrun by homelessness since a local ministry moved in a few doors down. It's a prison ministry, much needed. But there are major problems. Happens often when money flows freely, you know - people forget they're stewards and not bosses.
I've been homeless so I have compassion for the folks. But, and it's a large BUT (hahaha!!!) ... we're running a business so I'm not ok with them setting up camp in the parking lot. When I was in town last month for a full week, praying over here daily, the area was totally clear by the time I prepared to leave.
My family doesn't deal with things the way I do - meaning spiritually - they mostly fuss about it and that just eggs the enemy on because that's how bullies are. There was a car parked in one of our spots when we arrived this morning, too. I let it slide for a while, then I left and came back and it was still there, so I sent the angels to get it moved. The next time I went outside again it was gone. The angels assigned to me do good work.
Here are pics. On the left is at the end of a week of me being here praying. The right is today, after being gone for 10 or so days. There's an RV someone's living in and two separate camps set up that are in eye-view of our front door - by the orange shirt and that lime green umbrella.
I've been praying for my own businesses on Prayer Junkie, but these prayers will work for the bakery, too. I believe. Please release verbal agreement with me that the land our business sits on will respond to my authority, anointing and decrees and come under submission of Yeshua's Blood and God's original design for this area quickly. And that any being, spiritual or natural, who chooses to fight against The God Who Was There First will begin to bow their knee to The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Thank you.
This isn't even the trouble I came over here to write about; the above is what came out when I sat down at my laptop. This post was actually inspired from my Bible reading this afternoon. Here's that for you.
In 2 Chronicles 20:20 - one of my faves - it reads, “Jehoshaphat was frightened and prayed to The Lord for guidance. Then he gave orders for a fast to be observed throughout the country.”
A few things:
*fear should make you run to The Lord not lead you to take unwise action (emotional action - Lord Jesus ... I'm really speaking to myself here).
*fasting is always a great strategy when in war (I'm fasting tomorrow and you can join me/us).
*this is an example of a mature, grown-behind man who loved Yahweh. He wasn’t trying to do anything in his own strength or mind even though he was king and could’ve done whatsoever he found in his heart to do. Learn from this and teach your children, too.
Lastly and possibly most importantly :
*he waited for The Lord to speak, received and agreed with The Word and obeyed. And The Lord beat the enemy down quick, fast and in a hurry. I love this history.
Now, you know I've gotta give you both sides of the coin. This is a strategy, not a principle. There's no guarantee God will tell you to ONLY worship your way through your current or next battle after you've prayed and fasted corporately. You have to pray, fast and wait for Him to answer YOU regarding YOUR situation.
We all love to quote, "Stand still, the battle is The Lord's, you won't have to fight," but that's not usually my experience. In this time of history, Yeshua delegated to us authority over ALL the power of the enemy which is directly related to the command given in Genesis to subdue and take dominion. God actually expects us to rule down here. Huh.
More often than not, when I'm begging The Lord to fight a battle FOR me, He usually responds with silence. And His silence says a whole lot. Such as, "You fight, Zari. I've given you enough tools to tackle anything you face these days. Don't look at Me until you've exhausted every resource you have and then supped with Holy Spirit. Then, I'll take a look."
So, keep that in mind. If you're in a battle and are crying and whining (like I do) for Him - or someone else - to rescue you, so you don't have to do anything except later brag about being God's favorite, and He's silent, He's expecting you to grow up. Witness. I can tell you from personal experience that if you jump in and at least try, even if you lose the first round, you'll get through a lot faster than if you ONLY wait for Him to be the super hero.
There's a Christian cliche that tells us to pray as if depending on God but work as if it depends on you. That's what He requires of my life. I didn't want it that way, of course, but I'm getting more and more used to the reality. I may not want to have to work (meaning using heavenly resources against the forces of darkness) to win my own battles, but let me tell you - the reward is power and earned authority.
Speaking of, that's why The Church (at large) is so weak ... because we don't wanna fight our own battles as God intends. He's not gonna waste power and authority on lazy folks; He's not foolish.
If anything here slapped your hand a little - you're welcome. 🙂
At the bakery, but only eating salad. I hope.
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Zari Banks, M.Ed
Zari is an author, teacher, mentor, speaker and entrepreneur.